THE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2017 PART 3.

The Best Compilations Of 2017 Part 3.

Innerpeace-Rare and Spiritual Funk and Jazz Gems: The Supreme Sound Of Producer Bob Shad.

Label: Wewantsounds.

Nowadays, the music Mainstream Records released between 1964 and 1978 is more popular than ever. It seems that with every passing year more people discover the delights of Mainstream Records’ illustrious back-catalogue. This ranges from DJs and sample-hungry hip hop producers to a new generation of music fans. They all welcomed the release Innerpeace-Rare and Spiritual Funk and Jazz Gems: The Supreme Sound Of Producer Bob Shad. It’s the perfect introduction to the ambitious, innovative and timeless music that Mainstream Records released after its relaunch in 1970. They’re also a reminder and celebration of a legendary music man Bob Shad, and what’s regarded as his greatest and most enduring label,..Mainstream Records.

Insane Times-21 British Psychedelic Artyfacts From The EMI Vaults.

Label: Parlophone.

One of the limited edition releases for Record Store Day 2017 was Insane Times-21 British Psychedelic Artyfacts From The EMI Vaults which feature contributions from old friends, familiar faces and new names. This includes  Kevin Ayers, July, The Idle Race, Orange Bicycle, Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, The Hollies, The Lemon Tree, The Parking Lot, The Koobas and The Yarbirds. There’s also more than a few hidden gems on 21 British Psychedelic Artyfacts From The EMI Vaults. It’s guaranteed to bring back memories for connoisseurs of psychedelia.

James Carr-The Best Of James Carr.

Label: Kent Soul.

For anyone yet to discover James Carr’s music, The Best Of James Carr is the perfect starting place. It features some of the best music  James Carr released for Goldwax Records, plus a few songs from later in his career. However, it was also at Goldwax Records that James Carr enjoyed the most successful period of his career. Sadly, James Carr’s Goldwax Records’ years lasted just five years between 1964 and 1969, and saw him enjoy nine hit singles. His most successful single was the timeless Southern Soul classic Dark Side Of The Street, which redefined Southern Soul and is part of James Carr’s rich musical legacy, which is celebrated and documented on The Best Of James Carr.

Jeanette Jones-Dreams All Come True.

Label: Playback Records.

The best way to describe Jeanette Jones is the greatest soul singer you’ve never heard. She struggled for four years, but failed to make a breakthrough, and during that period recorded the songs Dreams All Come True. It’s the most comprehensive reissue of Jeanette Jones’ career, even features some songs from her gospel career. They play their in what’s one of the best soul compilations released during 2017, Dreams All Come True. It showcases a singer who was equally comfortable singing gospel and soul, and who could breathe life and meaning into a song, Sadly, commercial success and critical acclaim passed Jeanette Jones by, who is proof that not All Dreams All Come True.

John Armstrong Presents Afrobeat Brasil.

Label: BBE.

Anyone with even a passing interest in Afrobeat or Brazilian music will definitely enjoy John Armstrong Presents Afrobeat Brasil. It’ll also be of interest to anyone who enjoys and appreciates good music, as John Armstrong Presents Afrobeat Brasil is a case of all killer, and no filler. John Armstrong Presents Afrobeat Brasil features music from old friends who rub shoulders with musical veterans, new names and several hidden gens. The result is a tantalising taste of Afrobeat inspired Brazilian music which provided the perfect showcase for a new generation of talented Brazilian musicians, and introduce their music to a much wider audience

Jon Savage’s 1967-The Year Pop Divided.

Label: Ace Records.

For many who weren’t around to witness Flower Power and the Summer Of Love then Jon Savage’s 1967 The Year Pop Divided is the perfect introduction to what was a landmark year for music. Hardly a week went by without the release of a groundbreaking or classic album from artists and bands old and new. This included many members of musical royalty, who along with many of the artists on Jon Savage’s 1967-The Year Pop Divided, played their part in transforming the musical landscape. Never again would music be the same, after 1967, which marked a changing of the guard musically, as music evolved and pop divided during what will always be remembered as a landmark year for music.

Keb Darge and Cut Chemist Present Darkside: 30 Sixties Garage, Punk and Pysch Monsters.

Label: BBE.

For anyone wanting an introduction to garage, then Keb Darge and Cut Chemist Present Darkside: 30 Sixties Garage, Punk and Pysch Monsters is the perfect starting place. It features a mixture of familiar faces, obscurities, rarities and hidden gems chosen by Keb Darge and Cut Chemist who chose fifteen songs each. They’re the perfect introduction to sixties garage music, and could prove to be the first step on a fascinating voyage of discovery. This is a tantalising taste of  what Keb Darge describes as the: “beauty, power, and excitement of the sixties garage sound” that features on Keb Darge and Cut Chemist Present Darkside: 30 Sixties Garage, Punk and Pysch Monsters.

Kev Beadle Presents Private Collection Volume 3.

Label: BBE.

When it came time to compile Kev Beadle Presents Private Collection Volume 3, veteran DJ Kev Beadle began digging through his collection. Eventually, he settled on twelve tracks which are regarded by regulars on London’s jazz dance scene as classics. Despite that, many people won’t be familiar with these tracks. However, after a couple of listens, they’ll sound like old friends. This includes the energetic, syncopated musical workouts that have previously tested the stamina of dancers in clubs the length of breadth of Britain. They’re joined by some of the smoothest Latin grooves. The result is a delicious musical potpourri that is Kev Beadle Presents Private Collection Volume 3 which is the best instalment in the series.

Listen People: The Graham Gouldman Songbook 1964-2005.

Ace Records. 

Mention the name Graham Gouldman and most people immediately think of the group 10CC. However, that is only part of the Graham Gouldman story which is now into its sixth decade. Graham Gouldman is also a truly talented songwriter whose songs have been covered by everyone from relatively unknown and up-and-coming artists and bands to the great and good of music. A reminder of this is Listen People: The Graham Gouldman Songbook 1964-2005 which celebrates the career of one of the great British songwriters of his generation.

Mad Mats Digging Beyond The Crates Volume 1.

Label: BBE. 

It’s fair to say that Digging Beyond The Crates Volume 1 is reminiscent of one of Mad Mats’ DJ sets. It’s equally eclectic and finds Mad Mats switching seamlessly between disparate genres during this musical journey. Seamlessly, Mad Mats switches between boogie, disco, electronica, funk, gospel, house, jazz funk and techno. There’s a diversions via Balearic,  experimental, industrial, proto-boogie and tech house as the journey unfolds. Meanwhile, Mad Mats introduces the listener to a variety of artists, bands and producers. Some of these will be familiar faces, while others will be new names to many music fans. They’re in for a pleasant surprise as they discover the delights of Mad Mats’ Digging Beyond The Crates Volume 1.

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